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Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Betting Tips Pt 1

It has been a fascinating iteration of the Cheltenham Festival with plenty of emotional swings for long-time National Hunt fans. We have bid adieu to Big Buck’s and also had to deal with the death of Our Conor in the feature race on day one. On the other hand we have seen sensational performances like Vautour in the Supreme Novices Hurdle and Sire De Grugy fulfilling all expectations as he romped home in the absence of Sprinter Sacre. 


Friday’s line-up brings us to the big feature race of the entire festival and also presents some very interesting betting opportunities on the undercard as well. 

The first contest is the JCB Triumph Hurdle and we’ll be doing our best to decipher some of the emerging form here. There is not really a lot to go by with some of these but others boast extremely formful records, albeit in much lesser races for the most part. One who catches the eye at a decent price is Guitar Pete who will line up with Paul Carberry in the irons. 

He comes in fresh off a Grade 1 victory at Leopardstown and was able to topple a fairly solid field of six by a two lengths and a bit margin. The going should suit him and he’s shown a lot of jumping ability. This horse had other options and looks well-placed here for this one. 

The real story here appears to be Plinth who is a flat horse moved over to hurdles but remains trained by Aidan O’Brien. There’s not many opportunities to back a son of Montjeu at Cheltenham and this may very well be your big chance. Expect him to take plenty of money considering the type of festival that JP McManus is having. 

The second race of the day is the Vincent O’Brien’s County Hurdle which is an extremely deep 28 strong handicap contest with plenty of potential winners here. With only 2m1f to work with, there is little room for error and many of these have no questions over their ability to handle the distance well. This is a race that is entirely about placement and that makes it ripe for an in-race wager once you can see that your horse has gotten to a decent spot and is being raced prominently. Obviously that will mean sacrificing a bit of value but there is already plenty of that on offer.

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